He took up self-defense training at the Boys Club of Miami.
It was there he learned boxing skills and decided on an amateur career.
He also acted in a school play, "The Serpent," directed by legendary "Teacher To The Stars" Jay W. In 1971 he graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School, and after working for a short time as a bus boy at the famed Forge Restaurant on Miami Beach, Rourke moved back to New York to seek out a career in acting.
Rourke's teenage years were more aimed toward sports more than acting.
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